The ladies from the Lebanon Lutheran Church lend a hand in cooking up an old Norwegian snack

For the past 10 years, the Lebanon Lutheran members of the Women of Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (WELCA) have been a featured fixture at the annual Southwest Auxiliary’s Christmas Bazaar.

Vivian Nordby attends the lefse cooking at the Southwest Auxiliary Bazaar donning her 'Lebanon Ladies Love Lefse' shirt. The recipe the ladies used at the event was first brought to the group by Vivian.
Vivian Nordby attends the lefse cooking at the Southwest Auxiliary Bazaar donning her ‘Lebanon Ladies Love Lefse’ shirt. The recipe the ladies used at the event was first brought to the group by Vivian.

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

For the past 10 years, the Lebanon Lutheran members of the Women of Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (WELCA) have been a featured fixture at the annual Southwest Auxiliary’s Christmas Bazaar. The ladies gather in the activity room at the long term healthcare facility in Bowman to dish out an authentic Norwegian snack, lefse.

The Southwest Auxiliary group hosted its 45th annual Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 6 in Bowman. The group holds various fundraisers throughout the year in support of the residents of Southwest Healthcare.

This year was no different, the lefse was flowing. Though at the door people could purchase lefse already cooked and ready to eat, attendees who were there could indulge in the fresh, potato based food hot off the grill.

Two ladies manned the cooking station, Sue Juntunen and Marlys Clendenen with Marion Erickson also lending a helping hand. According to fellow WELCA member Carolyn Erickson, their help was a little short this year. A few people were in Las Vegas to watch Amidon resident Codi Miller in the Miss Rodeo America pageant. And one of their usual helpers isYvonne Stegner. Stegner has been recuperating the last couple of months following a brain injury.

Overall Erickson said the day was good. The group raised over $700 for the Southwest Auxiliary and sold many packages of lefse. All of the money earned goes back towards the auxiliary, Erickson said. The group just likes participating and enjoys donating their time, and the residents enjoy the lefse, especially considering the ancestry lineage of many of them.

“Quite a few residents are of Norwegian descent, so they enjoy it too,” Erickson said.

Erickson said the recipe they use was initially brought to the event by Vivian Nordby, who is a resident of Southwest Healthcare. Though Nordby isn’t able to assist in cooking the food, she was able to make an appearance at the event.

Erickson added that the ladies from Lebanon Lutheran enjoy the experience of interacting with people that come to purchase their product, but they also relish the opportunity to converse with the people who make Southwest Healthcare their home.

“We always enjoy interacting with the residents,” Erickson said.

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